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    The 33rd edition of the America's Cup is finally on.

    After more than two years of bitter courtroom battles between two of the world's richest men, the two-time defending champion Alinghi and American challenger BMW Oracle Racing of California will begin their best-of-three showdown.

    They are to start racing off the coast of Valencia, Spain on Monday, weather-permitting.

    BMW Oracle Racing, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, will sail the trimaran USA. The Swiss, headed by biotech mogul Ernesto Bertarelli, will counter with Alinghi 5, a catamaran. Both are 90 feet long and capable of sailing at three times the speed of the wind.

    The fastest sailing boat ever conceived, ever constructed spent more than a year sailing in sea-trials off the coast of San Diego. Ellison finalized the crew in an announcment near the San Diego Convention Center in August.

    In November, the team suffered a minor setback when the mast broke on the boat while it was sailing off the coast of Point Loma.

    They'll compete for the oldest trophy in international sports, which boasts a 159-year history.

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    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009)